With the gross combined weight ratings (GCWR) of pickups and trailers always on the rise, the diesel trucks available today have tow ratings fast-approaching commercial vehicle levels. And for most of us, owning a diesel and towing go hand in hand. So it’s no wonder aftermarket towing products have progressed so much over the years. In much the same way the Big Three made drivers more comfortable by offering larger towing mirrors, exhaust brakes, and integrated trailer braking, aftermarket outfitters want the same thing: a safer, more enjoyable towing experience. One company that understands this is Husky Towing Products. We recently visited its test facility in Elkhart, Indiana, where we were privy to seeing how it’s pushing both safety and driver confidence to new levels. And thanks to a demonstration on its test course, we were able to see how well its benchmark weight distribution and sway control system (the Center Line) performed in a high-speed, induced trailer sway scenario. Adjustable, Functional, Durable A: Tapered torsion spring bars help distribute weight between all axles (the tow vehicle and the trailer) B: Trunnions activate the compression cylinder, re-centering the trailer C: Compression cylinder creates resistance to sway D: Easy-Adjust head alignment system allows for quick installation and setup *System features both forged and heat-treated components for extreme durability Breaking away from the equalizing hitches used over the last 30 years, Husky’s Center Line weight-distribution hitch system is self-centering. This means that rather than reacting to trailer sway by attempting to damp it, it opposes it—stopping sway before it begins. According to Husky, passing trucks, wind, and road conditions won’t unsettle the trailer you’re towing. The Center Line utilizes compression cylinder action to accomplish this and is also noticeably quieter than systems of the past. Breaking away from the equalizing hitches used over the last 30 years, Husky’s Center Line Out on Husky’s test course, we got to see the Center Line hitch in action. Its engineers exercised dozens of extreme trailer sway situations—and the results were impressive. Even at speeds approaching 60 mph, the driver was able to maintain control of both the tow vehicle and the 10,000-pound, tandem-axle camper behind it. (Note to readers: With the truck and trailer sitting still, only the capital letter “A” on the camper was visible…) Out on Husky’s test course, we got to see the Center Line hitch in action. Its engineers e While at Husky’s test facility, we were also able to see its latest fifth-wheel hitch: the 10-26K. Intended for trailers weighing up to 26,000 pounds, the 10-26K’s easy-to-operate, ergonomically designed handle and latching mechanism eliminates working with pins or latches (which bind up on uneven ground) while hooking or unhooking the trailer. Ten inches of travel takes place on two compatible composite materials (as opposed to rails), which were designed for longevity, high loads, and standing up to the elements. While at Husky’s test facility, we were also able to see its latest fifth-wheel hitch: the SOURCES Husky Towing Products Wilsonville OR 800-538-7973 http://www.huskytow.com/ By Mike McGlothlin Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!